Troops capture terrorist informant, rescue 3 Chibok girls, others

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By SUMAYYAH ADEFAKA

The Defence Headquarters on Thursday said troops of Operation Hadin Kai arrested terrorists’ informant in the Asokoro area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

It also added that a foreign terrorist logistics supplier and arms dealer identified as Abatcha Bukar and 13 other terrorists were arrested in Borno State.

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The Director, Defence Media Operations, Major General Musa Danmadami, disclosed these while briefing journalists on the activities of the armed forces between August 25 and September 8, 2022.

He also said three abducted Chibok girls and 19 other kidnapped victims were rescued within the period under review.

Danmadami said, “A suspected foreign logistic supplier and arms dealer to the Boko Haram terrorists/Islamic State of West Africa Province named Abatcha Bukar was arrested with assorted injections, two Automated Teller Machine cards and N294, 520.00.

Within this period, troops neutralised 252 terrorists while 556 suspected Boko Haram/Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists and their families, comprising 115 adult males, 189 females and 252 children surrendered to troops at different locations in the period under review.

“Items recovered include two unexploded grenades, 12 AK47 rifles, three FN rifles, five AK47 magazines, one automatic grenade launcher, one hand grenade, one AP mine, 86 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, one motorcycle, 16 bows and arrows, seven bicycles and 10 mobile phones.

‘’Troops also rescued three abducted Chibok girls named Jinkai Yama, Falmata Lawal and Asabe Ali, who were on serial numbers 3, 20 and 24 of the abducted Chibok girls’ list. The girls were rescued at different locations with their children and 19 other abductees.”

He added that troops arrested a suspected Boko Haram arms dealer named Hamza Dogo in Zamfara and recovered two AK47 rifles, eight magazines, 200 rounds of 7.62mm and one Pontiac vehicle on 30 August 2022.

In the South-South, he said the troops of Operation Delta Safe, within the period under review, discovered and destroyed 67 illegal refining sites, 11 wooden boats, 218 storage tanks, 168 cooking ovens, and 61 dugout pits.

He added that troops recovered 2,070,000 litres of crude oil, 706,000 litres of Automotive Gas Oil, 15,500 litres of Dual Purpose Kerosine, 67,000 litres of Premium Motor Spirit, eight trucks, three pumping machines, three outboard engines and three generators, while, five pipelines vandals were also arrested.


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